12.9.2019 by Nick McGuire

The Most Common E-Learning Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

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Never before has it been easier to take the knowledge you have from your experience and relay it to those willing to learn.

One of the best ways that modern technology takes advantage of this is through e-learning courses.

People can search for the topic they want to learn about and heed the lessons and advice you give them. What could be better than that?

If you’re thinking of developing one of these courses, there are a few e-learning mistakes you’ll want to avoid at all costs. Keep reading to see what they are.

1. Not Viewing the Big Picture

For those who take your course to learn as much as possible, it’s up to you to condense the information when appropriate.

If you go too far off-topic from the main subject, you’ll cause confusion and lack of understanding among the students.

Every piece of information you place into the course needs to be directed at helping them comprehend the subject. Give them an all-encompassing course so they can become experts at the main topic of the course, but keep in mind that many people use these courses as ways to do a deep dive on a particular point while avoiding additional side topics.

There are always things you’ll debate on whether to put into the course or not. The odds are that if you have to consider placing it into the course, it’s not vital enough in the grand scheme of things.

Always keep your eyes on the horizon. What takeaways do you want all students to have after completing your course? Which information drives that point home for them?

Stay focused, hone in on elements that relate to the main subject, and you’ll create a highly informational course!

2. Use Engaging Teaching Methods

If you think the e-learners taking your course want a boring, lecture-style experience, you’re dead wrong.

Laying out your course in that fashion will lead to most of your students giving up on the class before the 3rd lesson.

Truth is, they can get that style of course anywhere. They came to your course in hopes of learning valuable information in a way that will help them retain it.

There needs to be ways for your students to connect the dots. They need to be able to easily log that information away for future use.

Most learners only retain 10 percent of what they read. That means your highly-valuable content isn’t enough to help them learn what they need to. There needs to be something else your course brings to the table.

Try incorporating engaging content through interactive content, such as frequent questions in the text, voice-over portions, as well as quizzes, and install humor wherever possible.

3. Lack of Translation

Simply put: there is a worldwide need for the information and experience that you have.

The country you live in isn’t the only country full of people longing for your knowledge.

Because of that, it’s important to offer translation options for your content so others can fully understand your course.

Not doing so means that thousands, if not millions, of interested e-learners won’t be able to take your course. That means missing out on potentially significant income, so you’ll want to take this opportunity seriously.

Consider all the ways your information can be processed, as well as who can benefit from it, in an e-learning platform that offers translated content.

4. Not Listening to Feedback

As you have more and more students take your e-learning course, you’ll get feedback on what they liked and didn’t like about the current setup.

Ignoring their comments is a tremendous waste – you’ll be missing out on an opportunity to improve your course for future learners.

Maybe the information comes to you a lot easier than the ways of teaching it to others. If so, there’s no shame in that. Use learners’ feedback as a way of rectifying that weakness.

In fact, take it one step further by integrating a feedback section at the end of your course. Whether it’s by emailing them all separately or including it in the course itself, ask them for any comments or ways to improve the content.

Their answers may surprise you, and you can thank them for their solutions by including it in your course from that point forward.

5. Lack of Tests and Quizzes

Regardless of the size of your course, your e-learners will need a hand in applying all of the information you’re throwing at them.

The best way you can do that as an e-learning developer is by separating the information with quizzes and tests. Tiny bits of quizzes along the way help the students learn what info they processed and what info they need to read up on.

Without including them, your course lacks accountability for the student to actually read and digest the content you’ve laid out for them.

People learn in many different ways, but testing the student has proven to help the transfer of learning. The lessons you teach then go from a momentary lesson to a lesson that’s stored in their long-term memory.

The main job of your course is not only teaching students the information but helping them retain as much of the information for as long as possible.

Prevent These E-Learning Mistakes for Your Course

Thousands of courses fall victim to these e-Learning mistakes. Don’t let your newly-designed course become one of them.

Take all the information you have, condense it, and make it available for people of different languages and backgrounds to gain access to.

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